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Rangers attacker Greg Stewart could benefit most from potential Morelos exit

Greg Stewart of Rangers is seen in action during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United  at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has been linked with a big money move to the English Premier League.

Greg Stewart of Rangers is seen in action during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United  at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Daily Record reported earlier this week that West Ham United and Crystal Palace are believed to be interested in signing Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, potentially leaving the Ibrox club with a big decision to make.

Morelos had a storming season in Scottish football last term, scoring a brilliant 30 goals in all competitions and delighting fans with a combative and physical all-round game.

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He did have discipline issues of course, receiving five red cards, but is clearly a massive benefit to Rangers and player that can help them compete for the trophies they badly crave.

If the right offer comes in from a bigger league though then Rangers may not be in a position to turn it down.

One player who could benefit from a Morelos exit is Greg Stewart, who was signed on a free transfer this summer after his contract expired at Championship side Birmingham City.

 

Spending last season on loan in Scotland at Kilmarnock and Aberdeen, he's well placed to compete with Jermain Defoe for the striker's spot at Rangers should the Colombian exit.

Stewart can be utilised in a number of attacking roles from the right flank, behind a central striker and even on the left, but it's through the middle as a team's attacking focal point that he's shone most over the last 12 months.

At Kilmarnock, Steve Clarke primarily utilised him as a starting striker and that's where he showed his best form, scoring eight goals and assisting seven times in half a season at Rugby Park.

Greg Stewart of Rangers celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United  at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow,...

At the Dons in the second half of 2018/19 he was less prolific but was never used consistently in one position, which could be his destiny at Rangers if Morelos stays on, already brought on as a sub on the right wing last week.

Gerrard has already experimented using Stewart as a striker in pre-season against Oxford United and Mansfield Town, so while Defoe would likely be first-choice if the Colombian exits, Stewart could well be designated back-up and get plenty of action across a long season.

Another striker would likely have to be signed to compete for places, but at least Rangers know they have a player capable of scoring consistently in the Scottish Premiership in the meantime ready to step up.

Greg Stewart of Rangers is seen in action during the pre season friendly match between Rangers and Oxford United  at Ibrox Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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